September 30, 2008

Hawks host high scoring guard

While the Iowa Basketball team still has spots to fill in the 2009 and 2010 recruiting classes, that doesn't mean that the coaches aren't already beating the bushes looking for prospects in 2011. One of the visitors this past weekend, Donivine Stewart, is considered one of the top prospects in the state of Illinois in that class and the high scoring point guard talks about his visit to Iowa City.

The 5-foot-11 and 165 pound point guard from Peoria made his first unofficial visit this past weekend to a school on a football weekend and he was very impressed.

"It was a really good experience," he said. "I have really never been to anything like it before and the fans there were really crazy."

Stewart said that in addition to attending the Iowa Football game, he was able to tour the basketball arena and spent some time with the coaching staff.

"They told me that they are very interested in me and that they want me to come back again with my dad for a basketball game, which I am planning to do," Stewart said. "Coach Jordan is recruiting me and I know what they did with the Butler program, so I know that they will be building a good program."

This past year as a freshman at Peoria Limestone High School, Stewart burst on to the prep scene averaging 25 point a game in a season that included 35 points against 2009 prospect D.J. Richardson and 41 points versus Washington High School, which who's players included Indiana freshman Matt Roth.

With the early success in his high school career, Stewart immediately began to see recruiting pick up, including an offer from his in-state school.

Illinois has offered and Stewart thinks he is close to receiving one from West Virginia. Other schools showing interest beyond Iowa are Kansas State and Virginia. Being from Peoria, Stewart says he grew up an Illinois fan following player like Frank Williams and he indicated that he will make a trip to Champaign on October 11th for a football game.

While his recruiting is just starting to grow, Stewart is also in the gym every day working hard to improve.

"My skill set is more of a point guard, so I really like to get everyone involved. But, I have been working on my jump shot and three point shot. I have been working hard on drills to get quicker. I just have to continue to work hard and get better."

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